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2013 GMC Yukon

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2013 GMC Yukon Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Whether you want an SUV that's big and powerful, flashy and full-featured, or is a relatively fuel-efficient hybrid, the 2013 GMC Yukon has a good chance of fitting your needs and style. Variety is aplenty in this full-size SUV that is a sibling to the Tahoe and Suburban from GM stablemate Chevrolet. This 3-row SUV comes in regular and extended lengths, with rear- (2WD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD), and with a variety of engine options, including a hybrid setup that enables this rig to achieve up to 23 mpg. In high-end Denali form, it can give a Cadillac Escalade a run for its money. If your needs are more pragmatic and involve towing up to 9,600 pounds, that can be accomplished with the three-quarter-ton 2500 model.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you regularly need to carry eight or nine people and their gear – and don't want to be seen in a minivan – the GMC easily accommodates passengers and cargo. Those who need serious towing ability will find plenty of it even in lower-trim models of the 2013 Yukon.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't need to tow heavy loads and would like an SUV that's more fuel-efficient and easier to maneuver, a vehicle such as the 2013 GMC Acadia or 2013 Honda Pilot would make a more sensible choice.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 GMC Yukon carries over unchanged except for a new exterior color (Champagne Silver Metallic) and the ability to use powertrain grade braking in normal transmission mode to reduce brake wear when going downhill.

Driving the Yukon

Driving Impressions Though their size can make these vehicles unwieldy to maneuver in tight spots, the 2013 GMC Yukon has a confident and civilized ride once on the road. The three V8...

engines offered (5.3-liter in the Yukon, 6.0-liter in the Yukon XL and 6.2-liter in the Denali) offer decent-to-good passing power for such a large vehicle. In hybrid form, these SUVs team the 6.0-liter V8 engine with a pair of battery-powered electric motors to attain better fuel economy, something for which the other versions are not known. Even with the increased fuel economy, hybrid versions can still tow at least 6,000 pounds. Overall, the Yukon has a surprisingly comfortable, compliant ride. Gasoline models shift smoothly with their 6-speed automatic transmission, while hybrid versions use an electrically variable version and automatic start/stop function to conserve fuel.

ACTIVE FUEL MANAGEMENT
While SUVs and hyper-miling don't exactly go hand in hand, the Yukon does what it can to eke out a few more miles per gallon with GM's Active Fuel Management. The 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter engines use this technology to essentially turn their 8-cylinder engines into 4-cylinder engines when less power is needed. Fewer running cylinders means less fuel consumed.

BLIND SPOT MONITORING
With the proliferation of smaller cars on the road, drivers of big vehicles such as the Yukon can only benefit from extra safety features. This one – standard on Denali and optional on SLT models – uses radar beams to keep high-tech eyes focused on the spots that yours may miss.

2013 GMC Yukon Details
Interior

Technically, the 2013 GMC Yukon can carry up to nine people across three rows of seats. But buyers who opt for this setup will likely be in the minority, as customers often choose the more comfortable setup of twin bucket seats up front. This also leaves room for a big center console between those seats to store items large and small. Indeed, this big vehicle's exterior dimensions and boxy shape give it the kind of space that could command rent in New York City. Even standard-length models have a good amount of cargo space behind their third-row seats. If you regularly need to carry adults in the third row, the XL is the better choice.

Exterior

The 2013 GMC Yukon definitely appears imposing. Park it next to a Yukon XL model, though, and watch how quickly the regular-length version disappears. At 222.4 inches long, the XL adds 20 inches and, from bow to stern, rivals 1970s' land barges like the Cadillac Fleetwood and Lincoln Continental. Denali versions add bling to the Yukon's outer box with features like a honeycomb grille, power-retractable side steps and 20-inch wheels. Hybrid models are slightly altered with a lowered front, and aluminum hood and liftgate for better aerodynamics and less weight. Denali versions of the hybrid ride on massive, 22-inch chrome wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2013 Yukon SLE comes with power front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and AM/FM/CD stereo system with USB port and nine Bose speakers. SLT models add leather seats, power-adjustable pedals, rearview camera and rear-parking sensor. Denali models up the ante with a larger and more powerful V8 engine, AutoRide suspension for a more comfortable ride, heated and cooled front seats, 10-speaker sound system, and blind-zone monitoring. Hybrid versions, like Denali models, have navigation standard along with other features found in higher-trim Yukon SLT models.

Optional Equipment

Many of the features found on the top-line 2013 GMC Yukon Denali can also be added to SLE and SLT versions as options. Among them are navigation systems and heated and cooled front seats. Other options include 4-wheel-drive, power moonroof, 20- or 22-inch wheels, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, heavy-duty trailering package, blind-spot monitoring system, chrome grille, and assist steps for easier entry into this tall SUV.

Under the Hood

The 2013 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SLE and SLT models are powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that makes 320 horsepower and that can also run on an ethanol blend. Yukon XL 2500 models are heavy-duty, three-quarter-ton vehicles that use a 6.0-liter V8 engine good for 352 horsepower. Yukon Denali models use an even bigger, 6.2-liter V8 that makes 403 horsepower. Yukon Hybrid models are fitted with a 6.0-liter V8 paired to a 2-mode system that employs two 60-kilowatt electric motors. All models except the hybrid use a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid has an electrically variable transmission (EVT).

5.3-liter V8 FlexFuel
320 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
326 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm (E85)
335 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
348 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm (E85)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (gasoline), 11/16 mpg (E85)

6.0-liter V8 FlexFuel
352 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
382 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 10/16 mpg (2WD), 10/15 mpg (4WD)

6.2-liter V8 FlexFuel
403 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
417 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 mpg (2WD, gasoline), 10/15 mpg (2WD, E85), 13/18 mpg (4WD, gasoline), 10/14 mpg (4WD, E85)

6.0-liter V8 hybrid
332 horsepower @ 5,100 rpm
367 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/23 mpg

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2013 GMC Yukon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 444 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

One Awesome Vehicle!

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Size, Room, Power, Great in Snow & Mountains"

Cons: "Gas Mileage, Price, Cost Per Fill Up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought a new 2014 Yukon XL SLE one year ago and have over 20,000 miles on it already. It is truly an awesome vehicle and the best I have ever owned. It has lots of room for my kids and all of their sports gear. I can carry 8 people comfortably for carpooling. The 3rd row can fit 3 small kids, 2 teenagers or 2 adults comfortably with decent leg room. The 5.3L 320HP V8 engine has plenty of power to haul anything (boat, trailer, camper, etc.) and lots of storage behind the 3rd row. The 3rd row folds down (not flat), or the seats can be removed for additional storage space. On road trips, we can easily fit large suitcases, beach gear, and bags with the 3rd row folded down, or haul large boxes, furniture, and appliances when needed. I average about 13-15 MPG city, and about 19-20 MPG highway, which is not too bad considering the size and weight of the vehicle. Gas mileage, expensive fill-ups, and the price are the only negative aspects, but the MPG is better than or similar to other large SUVs (Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Expedition & Armada). I feel very safe when driving, due to its size and being higher up off of the road. Parking is sometimes a challenge in tight spaces or on city streets. It is excellent in the snow and heavy rain, and handles mountains with no problem. In the past year I have only needed two oil changes and tire rotations. It is a very reliable SUV and will hold up for a long time, from all of the reviews I've read. Overall, this is a great vehicle for people with large families, those who need to tow something, those who need lots of storage space, and those who live where it snows a lot. It is rather pricey and more expensive to fill up than a car, but worth it if you want one of the largest vehicles you can own. The 2015 & 2016 models have a redesigned exterior and interior, with additional technology and safety features, but if you cannot afford the $50,000+ price tag for the XL or $67,000+ for the Denali, you can can find many used 2014 or older Yukon XLs for under $40,000. I highly recommend this SUV!"

12 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Absolutely love it!!!

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Luxury feel. Truck feel in an SUV"

Cons: "Not enough legroom & gas hog--worse than i thought"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had my Yukon Denali for almost 2 years now and still love it just as much as the day I brought it home from the dealership. However, there are some negatives about this vehicle. First of all, my husband is just over 6 feet tall and barely has any leg room in this vehicle. I was a little shocked since it is so much bigger than most other vehicles I figured it had to have more leg room. I am just over 5 feet tall so leg room has never been an issue of mine, and I am the primary driver. Secondly, it uses way more gas than I ever could have imagined. I knew that it would be a gas hog but geez, it almost feels as if it uses gas while we sleep at night. Other than these negatives, we still love it. Oh, and the DVD player gets used at least once a week. The kids love that!!! I love the fact that the 3rd row seats can be removed, however, they are extremely heavy to take out. I feel so safe and protected while driving this vehicle. If you aren't worried about the leg room or the gas issue, I would definitely recommend. This was my dream vehicle and I still love it just as much today. There are tons more positives though. I have Navigation, Backup camera, DVD player, XM radio, Bluetooth, Onstar, leather heated and cooling seats for all seats except the 3rd row, sunroof and privacy glass, automatic running boards that can come down when the doors open or can be shut off entirely, automatic lift gate (press of a button and the trunk closes without having to manually), steering wheel controls for phone, radio, volume, cruise control, etc, and removable 3rd seats, and much much more."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

my favorite vehicle of all time!

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "comfort, space, safety"

Cons: "gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought the vehicle used with 93000 miles on it.... still my favorite vehicle of all time. You will not find a truck that drives as nice or as dependable. In 5 years with 143000 miles, I only broke down once when the fuel pump died. I baby the truck because I know I'm coming up to the end of its life and I love it too much! The family fits in it great. Pulls the camper with out a problem ( a 36 foot fiberglass ultralight ). Doesn't leak a drop of anything. Have had some expensive repairs, but nothing out of the ordinary for a vehicle with this many miles."

41 people out of 69 found this review helpful

can't beat this car up enough

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliable, very fast, handles well. seats 7 easily"

Cons: "cup holder in bad position in front of the console"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"i have put this luxury vehicle through it's paces. I've been in near miss situations, and it handled like a small sports car. I've hauled hay, lumber, and other equipment in the back. I've also frequently hauled around a large extended family in it. It's luxurious, but will work as a farm vehicle if you want to abuse it like that. But avoid black. it soaks up the sun's heat. too much up here in northern California. The finish is very strong, but the trim articles begin to lose adhesion. I don't know what the new ones are like, but this year model is a luxurious, comfortable, powerful, agile tank."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

100% trouble free

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle has never had a single issue. Other than price, I cannot find fault with the GMC Yukon Denali XL."

9 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Very reliable vehcle and has good room.

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car and relaxing to drive."

Cons: "Not good om fuelb but exceptable."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehcile is great and very reliable. Great for long trips and large families. would recommend over any SUV in the market."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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